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WELCOME to the Hilton Head Island Rotary Club.

We are a club of 150+ members located on beautiful Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Chartered in 1967, the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island is the area's largest and oldest civic and service organization. The Club's members represent leaders in the business, professional, nonprofit, educational, governmental and retirement communities who share a common commitment to community service.
Thank you for visiting our website, we'd love to have you visit in person. Our meetings are held Thursdays at 12:30pm at the Sea Pines Country Club.

Click here for meeting information and directions.

Hilton Head Island Rotary Projetcs

Club Projects: Impressive History Of Community Service
    The Hilton Head Island Rotary Clubs has contributed more than $1.7 million to the community.

Bell Ringers Needed!

Book now!Click here to signup!

Our annual commitment to the Salvation Army is upon us, so the time to sign up is now. We don't ask for your money, just your time, and it's very little to devote to such a great organization that does so much for people who have so much less than we do. Do your part and sign up for multiple shifts to be sure we maximize the opportunities to interact with the shopping public and motivate them to donate what they can-and often! First ones to sign up get the best selection of shifts.

Rotary Happy Feet Program

2014 Happy Feet

2014 Happy Feet Shoe Distribution:

Click here to see pictures of the happy day!

Happiness is a new pair of shoes…..a really cool new pair of shoes.  For many of our Island school children, this is a rare event.  So our Club is going to make Happy Feet in partnership with Belk’s Department Store.

Happy Feet will be lighting up the faces of grateful children who will be receiving brand new shoes and other warm clothing on November 15th.  Once again, Belk’s has partnered with us to donate the shoes, allowing us to spend our funds on additional items to make their lives more comfortable.  Those who participated in the distribution last year know how gratifying and fun it was to see the happy faces of these children. Chairperson Rose Jackson is looking for a few people to help set up Friday evening, and then lots of people to give just 2-3 hours on that Saturday morning at the Shelter Cove Belk’s store to help distribute, manage the flow of people, offer snacks, and clean up.  The event time is 8am to 10am

2014 Teachers of the Year

Teachers

From left to right:

Chris Harris, Sea Pines Montessori School
Steven Moe, HHI Middle School
Jan Dowell, HH Preparatory Upper School
Parker Collins, HH Christian Academy
Annette Lee, HHI High School
Karen Sandlin, HHI Early Childhood Center
Justin Vaughn, HHI School for the Creative Arts
Michele Quigley, HHI IB Elementary School
Stephen Powell, Heritage Academy
Marianne Frederick, HH Preparatory Lower School
Dan Sheehan, HH Preparatory Middle School
Tori Safe, St. Francis Catholic School

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Hilton Head Prep Lower School  Early Act Club

Hilton Head Prep's Early Act is "Up and Running"

There are 25 members in the Hilton Head Prep Lower School Early Act Club, which is sponsored by our dedicated local Rotary. This service club elected officers during its September monthly meeting. They are: Ashlyn Parsick, president; Annie Palumbo-Alkire, vice-president; and Samuel Matte, third officer.

Brian Julius Reporting In:    

Member Brian Julius is traveling in Africa with the introduction of the new Speaking Book about Polio. The National Book Launch of Yes to Health, No to Polio in Nigeria is happening on October 24th.

Within Nigeria, the book is funded by the Sir Emeka Foundation in support of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and is designed to educate local communities in Nigeria on the importance of vaccination, maintaining a clean environment, and proper hygiene in order to help prevent Polio. The book contains 16 pages of easy to understand text, illustrations, and a dual soundtrack recorded in Hausa and English and will be distributed throughout the Country as part of the Rotary International 'End Polio Now' campaign.

Brian reports, "We are sending a representative from South Africa to Abuja for World Polio Day. This Speaking Book pays tribute to the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation as well as crediting the original concept to The Rotary Club of Hilton Head, SC, USA. 120 samples have already been delivered for World Polio Day and the bulk shipment of 15,000 Speaking Books is now on its way.

Our Club is so proud of the work Brian is doing, not only to promote our club, but, more importantly, to support the Rotary Foundation initiative to eradicate polio all over the world. Thank you, Brian.

Talking Books
Rotary in Motion

2013-14 Major Project Initiative

The major project selected for the 2013-14 Rotary year is to build a home for a deserving family in The Glen with Habitat For Humanity

Our Rotary in Motion campaign, which occurred in July and August, 2013 was very successful and raised in excess of $63,000.  The objectives of that campaign were to:
· offer members an opportunity to make a “one-time” donation for the year to cover numerous events and fund raising activities throughout the year in return for listed benefits, and
· “kick-start” our major fund raising campaign  for our Habitat for Humanity home.

If you participated in Rotary in Motion, some portion of your donation will go toward our Habitat commitment as well as to our other Rotary Charities.  If you did not participate, then you should consider making a donation for this Rotary year specifically toward our Habitat project.  You may make a tax deductible donation in any amount by making your check out to the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry—Rotary Charitable Programs Fund, and specify Habitat project on the memo line.  You may also make a donation of $1000 or more through the Champions Fore Charity program of the Heritage Classic Foundation, which will be increased by 20% with their match.  We still need funds to reach our Habitat goal, so we hope you’ll choose to participate in some way.        Learn more

Upcoming Events!

Start Building Habitat House:   As Larry Sanders mentioned, anyone planning to work at our Habitat House will need to go through specific training.  To make it more convenient for you, the required training will be presented as a part of next week’s meeting, on Nov. 13.  If you’re not here that day, you’ll have to do the training at some other point before we start building.
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Bell Ringing Starts:    The sign up schedules are now available, showing the available shifts and locations for our annual Bell Ringing for Salvation Army.  This is a commitment to be fulfilled by all members.  We have well over 400 shifts that need to be staffed by 2 people each, so it is incumbent on EVERY member to sign up for at least 3 two-hour shifts from the Saturday after Thanksgiving to December 21st.  See Joe Player at today’s meeting or go to www.hiltonheadrotary.org to view the schedule.  Find your preferred day, time, and location, then click on the link that will send an e-mail to Joe so he can add your name to the schedule.  So far the schedule blocks look pretty empty and we’re just three weeks away from the start.  The earlier you sign up, the warmer the weather will be (usually, anyway!), and the best choices you’ll have.  Bring our dogs, bring your grandkids—cuteness always helps the donations go up.  It’s not a chore, it’s a great service to those in need.  Please remember the 4-way test, and do your fair share.  Thanks in advance for your support.
November 29, 2014
Full Marathon
February 7, 2015
Cooks and Books
March 1, 2015
Rotary ROCS
March 7, 2015
Safety Town:  A free public service program, for the 4-6 year old children of the community.
  • This free program helps our children learn about safety while providing fun-filled learning experiences.
  • The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Deputies, Hilton Head Island Fire and Rescue, Hilton Head Island Regional Health Center and The Sandbox will be providing hands on safety experiences for your child. The program is designed with the goal of preventing injuries and teaching children how to be safe.
  • The children will love driving the pedal cars around our outdoor “town” complete with miniature buildings. The hazard house is a great way to teach home safety. The hospital will be teaching first aid skills to the children.
    Registration is limited to the first 150 children registered. Please register quickly to be certain your child will have this great opportunity!
    You will be notified in mid-August of the session (AM or PM) your child is assigned.
May 2015

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